Bar associations regulate the legal profession through entrance requirements, maintain a disciplinary system, conduct training for its members, and provide legal services to the community. The bar is a critical legal and judicial system interest group and is responsible for promoting the rule of law and is critical to most reforms. The quality of legal services impacts the protection of citizen rights, judicial effectiveness and efficiency, and business transaction costs.
Regulating the conduct of lawyers ensures quality, transparency and independence. Rules of conduct affect professional competition, and ethical rules protect client and societal interests. Such rules address professional dignity, consumer protection, confidentiality and clients’ rights. A critical element of these rules is conflict of interests. Lawyers must be held accountable for their professional misconduct by transparent disciplinary procedures and mechanisms to allow client claims for damages related to poor quality services. The regulation of fees should provide certainty to lawyers and clients while at the same time provide a basis for the courts to determine necessary costs of litigation. This page provides information about bar associations from throughout the world.
Bar Associations around the World
Links to Bar Associations around the World in Chan Robles' Virtual Law Library
Business Lawyer's Association from Juris International
Information on Business Lawyer's Associations from around the world. In English, French and Spanish.
COMBAR - The Commercial Bar Association
COMBAR was formed to bring together barristers who practice in the field of international and commercial law. It represents the whole Commercial Bar and constitutes an impressive body of specialist expertise and advocacy skills in banking, insurance, international trade, shipping and other key commercial activities.
Customs and International Trade Bar Association
The Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA) was founded in 1926. Its members consist of attorneys that maintain an interest in the field of customs law, international trade law, and related matters.
Hieros Gamos Bar Associations Worldwide
Links and contact information for hundreds of bar associations around the world.
Inter-American Bar Association
Information on membership, conferences, and local chapters. In English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
International Bar Association
Provides information about membership, an extensive list of conferences, and access to publications.
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association is an international association of business and commercial lawyers with a focus on the Asia Pacific region.
The Law Society
The Law Society is the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales. It serves to improve access to the law as well as providing service and support for solicitors.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
NAPABA is the United States' only national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students, providing a national network for its members and affiliates.
Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Bar Association
The OECS Bar Association is a regional organization that brings together legal practitioners and representative Bar Associations under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
Union Internationale des Avocats (International Association of Lawyers)
Created in 1927, by French speaking lawyers, the UIA is designed to facilitate international contact among lawyers. With over 200 organizational members and several thousand individual members, the UIA is open to all legal professionals.
Association of Lawyers of Buenos Aires
Official site for the Association of Lawyers of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Spanish.
Canadian Bar Association
Extensive association organizational information, discussion of issues pertinent to legal professionals, and access to reports and speeches. In English and French.
Quebec Bar Association
Created in the mid 19th century, the Bar Association of Quebec is dedicated to maintaining a code of professional ethics within the legal community, protecting professional standards, and creating a system of mutual assistance for lawyers. This website is available in both English and French, and has information on membership, standards, and events.
Hong Kong Bar Association
The Hong Kong Bar Association is the professional organization of barristers in Hong Kong. The objects of the Bar Association are to consider and to take proper action on all matters affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
The Law Society of Hong Kong
The Law Society is the professional association for solicitors in Hong Kong. The objects of the Society are: to promote his standards of work and ethical practice in the profession, ensure compliance with the law, guide solicitors to help them develop their practices, and provide an array of services to its members.
Bar Association of Finland
The Finnish Bar Association is an organization of roughly 1,600 lawyers who are specially designated as "advocates" in Finland. Based on The Act on Advocates of 1958, the Finnish Bar Association has served the legal community in Finland for nearly fifty years. This website is available in English, Swedish, and Finnish, and has information on association membership guidelines.
The German Bar Association
The Association aims at uniting all lawyers in Germany with the scope of safeguarding, protecting and promoting professional and economical interests of the Bar, notary, lawyers by promoting professional solidarity and scientific spirit among lawyers.
Daini Tokyo Bar Association
Provides the history of the legal profession in Japan and information about Japanese bar associations as well as the association’s judicial reform activities. In Japanese and English.
Japan Federation of Bar Associations
The Japan Federation of Bar Associations is comprised of various local Japanese Bar Associations. This website provides information and resources on the guidelines and membership requirements of the Association.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK)
The LSK is Kenya’s premier Bar association, with membership of all practicing advocates, currently numbering in excess of three thousand. It has the mandate to advise and assist members of the legal profession, the government and the larger public in all matters relating to the administration of justice in Kenya.
Malaysia Bar Council
Information about membership, activities, legislation updates, and events.
Bar Association of Mexico
This website contains information on the history of the Bar Association of Mexico and its membership standards and procedures. In addition, it contains links to other regional bar associations and a list of upcoming events. This website is only available in Spanish.
Norwegian Bar Association
This website outlines the history and functions of the Norwegian Bar Association, in addition to providing useful information on membership and legal practices.
Bar Association of Peru (Lima)
The Colegio de Abogados de Lima is the leading organization of legal professionals in Peru. This extensive website contains information on every aspect of the Associations' functions, as well as links to upcoming events and a series of publications.
Swedish Bar Association
This website provides background information on the Swedish Bar Association and outlines membership guidelines, in addition to providing a number of relevant links.
American Bar Association
Comprehensive information on membership, legal resources, advocacy, publications, and association governance.
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